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Interest growing for out of favour Tiger

  • Interest growing for out of favour Tiger

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17: Ivan Maric of the Tigers celebrates with supporters in the crowd after winning the round seven AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 17, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Richmond out of favour ruckman Ivan Maric is reportedly considering his options ahead of next season, with a number of clubs interested in poaching the tall Tiger in a player/coaching role.

AFL.com.au understands that Maric's leadership traits are drawing big interest from opposition clubs, which would see Maric play a similar role to what Essendon ruckman Mark Jamar is doing this season, and what former Bulldog, Crow, Lion and Magpie Ben Hudson did in the latter part of his career.

Coach Damien Hardwick says that Maric remains an important player for the Tigers, but has had a year that he wouldn't like to have had.

"That's a list management decision we'll work our way through," Hardwick said.

"Ivan is an important player for us and he probably hasn't had the year that he or us would like.

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"He's had some injury concerns across the year and just hasn't really got up and going at any stage.

"But we know what Ivan can do and Ivan at his best is a very, very good AFL player." 

Maric is out of contract come the end of the season after playing just three games this season.

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